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Last RItes: Coloring a Church Ruin

Be sure to add a little green wash in the corners and in the opening around and above the door, as this will look like some "slime" is growing in the areas that are often damp and retain water. I also added some weeds, broken pavestone, and aged the hinges on the door to give them a rusted iron appearance. I also did a lot of work inside the church, adding a floor, broken beams and rafters, and several church benches in various states of disrepair. I then added several church-type items inside the rubble, such as a cross, goblets, angel statures, and a few shrines, which the officer is rummaging through. I used Verlinden plastic stained glass windows kit to finish out the details.

You can view all the pictures for this diorama here.

About the Author

About Keith Magee (KFMagee)

After a hiatus of several years following the sale of my hobby shop (Hobby Annex in Dallas, TX), I am ready to build again... I love dioramas, with a focus on WW2 and tend to spend a lot of time documenting my work... any questions, just let me know! - Keith


When I saw Marijn Van Gils` Godverdomme for the first time I was bowled over. The imagination and the workmanship was first class. Now Keith has produced something similar in style and class and I am knocked for six again. This last while I have been wondering what to do for my next project and this has made my mind up. The last time a made a bridge and ruin with styrene,, this time its the church ruins. Its just a case of "I want one of those". Thanks for the inspiration.
MAY 27, 2002 - 10:00 PM
Talking about a beauty......there it is..
MAY 28, 2002 - 06:12 AM
what a great dio, you must have put many hours in this
MAY 28, 2002 - 07:26 AM
that is cool
MAY 29, 2002 - 05:01 AM
MAY 29, 2002 - 08:23 AM
Thanks for the appreciative feedback. As an FYI, I spent about 60 hours on this project, including the article on "Prepping Plaster Kits" that is featured elsewhere in the FEATURES - DIORAMAS section. I tend to work in strong spurts of 4-6 hours at a time, and can get quite a lot accomplished in a month when I have the free "late" hours to really crank it out. My longest projects were "Dallas Blonde - P47" which took over 6 months of hard work and research to complete for a client, and another "Orders - France 1944) that took almost a year to complete... but I did many projects during that same time, so it is hard to truly assess the actual hours beyond my rough notes. - Many more to come! - Keith
JUN 02, 2002 - 12:14 PM
Is the church ruin next to the famous leaning tower? Seriously, your suggestions are very helpful - I have been fighting with bent foamcore for years - have to try the H2O & white glue sealer. Best regards, Trenor Scott
AUG 06, 2007 - 10:50 AM
Nice to see this again. It reminds me of the great features on the site and the inspiration Keith brought us all.
AUG 06, 2007 - 10:46 PM